Guy Gavriel Kay

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Guy Gavriel Kay
CM
Kay in 2011
Kay in 2011
Born (1954-11-07) November 7, 1954 (age 63)
Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada
Occupation Writer
Nationality Canadian
Period 1984–present
Genre Fantasy, historical fiction
Notable works
Website
www.brightweavings.com

Guy Gavriel Kay CM (born November 7, 1954) is a Canadian writer of fantasy fiction. Many of his novels are set in fictional realms that resemble real places during real historical periods, such as Constantinople during the reign of Justinian I or Spain during the time of El Cid. Those works are published and marketed as historical fantasy, although Kay has expressed a preference to avoid genre categorization.

As of 2016, Kay has published 13 novels and a book of poetry. As of 2018, his fiction has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Biography[edit]

Kay was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

When Christopher Tolkien needed an assistant to edit his father J. R. R. Tolkien's unpublished work, he chose Kay, then a student of philosophy at the University of Manitoba. Kay moved to Oxford in 1974 to assist Tolkien in editing The Silmarillion.[1]

He returned to Canada in 1975 to take a law degree at the University of Toronto. He was called to the bar of Ontario in 1981.

Kay became principal writer and an associate producer for a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio series, The Scales of Justice, and continued as principal writer when the series went to television.

In 1984, Kay's first fantasy work, The Summer Tree, the first volume of the trilogy The Fionavar Tapestry, was published.

Works[edit]

Partial list of nominations, awards and accolades[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • Kay won the 1985 Scales of Justice Award for best media treatment of a legal issue, Canadian Law Reform Commission, 1985, for "Second Time Around".[4]
  • The Wandering Fire won the 1987 Prix Aurora Award in the English category for best speculative fiction.[2][4]
  • Kay was runner up for the White Pine Award in 2007 for Ysabel.
  • Ysabel was the winner of the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.[5]
  • Kay has also won the International Goliardos Award for his contributions of the international literature of the fantastic.[6]
  • Under Heaven won the Sunburst Award in 2011[7] and was long listed for the IMPAC/Dublin Literary prize.[8]
  • Kay was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2014 "for his contributions to the field of speculative fiction as an internationally celebrated author."[9]
  • Under Heaven won the 2015 Prix Elbakin in France.[10]
  • River of Stars won the 2017 Prix Elbakin in France.[11]
  • Under Heaven was named the best fantasy novel of the year by The American Library Association[12], and was the SF Book Club's Book of the Year

Nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flood, Alison (October 29, 2014). "Guy Gavriel Kay: 'I learned a lot about false starts from JRR Tolkien'". The Guardian. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Professional Awards (1980-2006) Archived March 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Guy Gavriel Kay (1954–) Biography - Personal, Addresses, Career, Member, Honors Awards, Writings, Adaptations, Sidelights
  5. ^ 2009 World Fantasy Award Winners & Nominees Archived October 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Shortlist for the 2005 Sunburst Award Archived March 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ 2011 Sunburst Award Winners Archived August 9, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award: 2012 Longlist Archived April 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Order of Canada Appointments June 30, 2014
  10. ^ "Remise de trophées du prix Elbakin.net - Elbakin.net". www.elbakin.net (in French). Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  11. ^ "Remise des trophées du prix Elbakin.net adulte aux Utopiales 2017 - Elbakin.net". www.elbakin.net (in French). Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  12. ^ "2011 The REading list | Awards & Grants". www.ala.org. Retrieved 2018-10-13.

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Interviews[edit]